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hamas facebook noticeFacebook has taken down a pro Hamas post which praised terrorism, Ynet News has reported. Oh, and that school in Illinois is really forcing its students to turn over their Facebook passwords.

After a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv on Wednesday left more than 20 people wounded, Izzat al-Risheq, a member of the terrorist organization Hamas’ political bureau, took to the social media site to praise the attack on Jews in Israel. He wrote, “the act of sacrifice against the Zionist in Tel Aviv is a heroic and ambitious action. It is a natural response to the crimes of the occupation and its terrorizing of our people.”

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Facebook explained its decision to remove that post saying, “We removed the post because it doesn’t follow the Facebook community standards.”

Al-Risheq was obviously not pleased and posted, “Facebook management erased this post from my account. Freedom of speech and thought is given only to those who insult the prophet and Muslims.”

Meanwhile, after a law went into effect in Illinois the Triad Community Unit School District No. 2 in the southern part of that state sent parents a letter saying, “If your child has an account on a social networking website, e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,, etc., please be aware that State law requires school authorities to notify you that your child may be asked to provide his or her password for these accounts to school officials in certain circumstances.”

But this was apparently the result of a misinterpretation of the new law which deals with cyber bullying. The Illinois law only allows schools to investigate accusation made over acts of on line bullying even if they were committed outside of the schools themselves. The ACLU has clarified this point to the various Illinois school districts. The law, apparently, does not authorize schools to force any student to reveal his or her passwords.



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